(Closed) breastfeeding questions

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Have him nurse more! That is the #1 way to build supply… breastfeeding is a supply/demand system for sure! It should take up through 4-6 weeks for your milk to level out so feeling engorged or full, atleast sometime through the day, is normal.

Dirty Delete is 16 days old & I feel pretty full in the morning & then less full through the day. For now I nurse on demand going no more than 2 hours between daytime feedings & she wakes like clock work every 3 hours at night… if she didn’t I’d set an alarm for 4 hours so make sure I’m still getting enough stimulation.

Until you get your supply back I wouldn’t use any pacifiers or bottles…. again it’s all about getting as much stimulation as you can. Comfort nursing here we come. lol

And check out kellymom.com! It is by far the best resource I’ve found so far… she covers EVERYTHING!

Oh and congrats!!! =)

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I definately recommend kellymom.com also. I had a lot of problems with my daughter’s latch being KILLER, I saw 4 lactation nurses and they counldn’t get her to latch lower. I switched the only pumping/bottle feeding. Whenever I feel my supply dropping I start “power pumping” every 2-3 hours for a couple days. After 5-7 days my supply will come back. Don’t give up, as long as you keep stimulating your boobs, your supply will come back. One of the lactation nurses I saw said that boobs take several days to respond to change, so don’t get discouraged if it takes a few days and you still haven’t seen any changes, just keep comfort nursing or pumping inbetween feeds if you have a pump (you can freeze the milk for later on)

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@MacFaniam24:  I’m definitely nursing on demand right now and Dirty Delete LOVES to be on my boob! Even when it’s clear she can’t possibly be hungry… atleast that’s what I think. lol For now that I want to ensure I get a good supply & I’ll deal with breaking any comfort nursing habits later.

I did just think of something though… is your DS back to his birth weight? Generally everything I’ve read that so long as they’re back at birth weight by 2 weeks they’re gaining fine.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Beck Rec center

I know you can pump to get your supply back up and there is also holistic supplements you can take to up your milk supply its called fenugreek seed

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ps- and don’t feel bad about getting upset! I cried everyday for like a month when my daughter was born (she’s now almost 5 months) because I was having such a hard time with breastfeeding. I was ready to give up sooo many times, but I just kept with it and it turns out that pumping/bottle feeding was a better option for me, although I don’t recommend it if you don’t have to cuz it’s a lot of work.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@october22:  Oh yea… during DD’s growth spurt days I at times HATE nursing… it’s definitely harder than I expected BUT that does pass & I know I’m giving Dirty Delete something awesome so it’s worth it!

I can’t wait to get past the newborn stage!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Beck Rec center

ALSO  WITH LATCHING TRY A NIPPLE SHIELD (SOLD AT TARGET) MY NIPPLES ARE FLAT SO MY SON COULDNT LATCH ONCE I GOT THE NIPPLE SHIELD HER NURSED LIKE A PRO 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

 

@runsyellowlites:  Yeah I know, it was so much more overwhelming than I expected! Everyone makes it sound like it’s this beautiful/ magical thing, I remember thinking “are these people crazy?!” LOL! But it totally gets better in time, and the little ones get soo much easier. Mine had colic, which was AWFULLLLL. Thank goodness she’s past that! Hours upon hours of screaming every single day for weeks. Now she’s a happy, smiley 5 month old! Hang in there!! 🙂

Post # 13
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Worker bee

I’m almost at a year of nursing my son. That first month is rough. All you do is nurse nurse nurse. If you can get through a few more weeks you’re golden.

Does your baby seem hungry? It’s so hard not to think that they are not getting enough, but I think as long as you nurse on demand, most women can supply enough milk. If you can avoid suplmenting, it is best to do so. It can start a cycle of the baby not nursing enough and therefore you not prodcuing enough.

My suggestion is to find a series on netflix, plant you and the baby on the couch, with some water, snacks and lanolin, and commit to two days of just nursing. Even now when I feel like my supply is dipping I have to do that and sure enough, I can pump more at work in a day or two.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Do you use lanolin? It helps a bit, but if you have a painful latch the cream doesn’t do much lol. I used to cry in pain (sleep deprovation doesn’t help). It wasnt just the initial latch on that hurt, the entire feeding would hurt and pretty badly. Oh man, I’m getting upset just thinking back to it haha. Do you have a local lactation nurse that could help you out?

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

If you want to continue to nurse, do not supplement.

As said in pp, the key is to do it more. The more you nurse, the more milk you’ll have. If you feel engorged and the baby is asleep or doesn’t want to nurse, take a hot shower and let the water just pour over your breasts and that will offer relief.

For the first couple of months, I literally had a baby attached to my breast 90% of the time. I breastfed no matter what else I had going on or how bad it hurt and in the beginning, it does hurt. Bad. There were times he’d latch on to nurse and all I could do was sit there and cry. The lanolin helped, but what helped the most was to just keep doing it.

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